There are those who like to mock any form of medical treatment or relief from suffering that doesn't involve prescription drugs, surgery, or the direct intervention of an M.D. Well if you have osteoarthritis, guess what?
Magnetic bracelets relieve pain, and the stronger the magnet, the better it works. Possible side effects: getting sneered at by people who despise alternative therapy.
Celebrex, like Vioxx before it, massively increases the risk of heart attack while relieving your pain.
Both Celebrex and Vioxx (COX II inhibitors) were introduced because they are less likely than other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), including the commonly used Ibuprofen, to cause spontaneous bleeding of the gastrointestinal tract. Both NSAIDS and COX II inhibitors increase the risk of damage to your liver, and combining them with alcohol is a major cause of sudden liver damage in the non-senior adult population.*
* If you weren't previously aware, do not drink alcohol at all, at all, up to 24 hours after taking large or continuous doses of any painkiller. Don't drink it within the suggested window (usually 4-6 hours) recommended between doses in the instructions if you're taking a normal amount, particularly if you're using them semi-regularly. (You already knew this wasn't a good idea with prescription treatments, right?) The painkiller can remain in your system, patiently being detoxified by your hard-working liver, well after it stops providing its useful effect. To emphasize, I do refer here to over the counter painkillers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen, because drowsiness is not the worst possible result.
It's almost as bad to mix over the counter painkillers of different types, aspirin with acetaminophen, acetaminophen with ibuprofen, etc. These combinations increase both the risk of liver damage and spontaneous gastrointestinal bleeding events. (Prescription combination painkillers like Vicoprofen are chosen to avoid magnifying these types of dangerous side effects among their components, but don't mix them with other painkillers.)
Please be good to your liver. It likes you. **
** This post does not constitute medical advice, because as you probably know, I'm not a registered medical professional, licensed to dispense prescriptions, nor can I legally recommend medical treatment of any kind. Yada yada yada.Posted by natasha at December 17, 2004 11:12 AM | Health/Medicine/Health Care | Technorati links |